I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t struggle with sleep. Poor sleep has plagued me my entire adult life, some times worse than others. If I am honest with myself, one of the key measures of “good times” and “bad times” in my life is how well I am sleeping.
I’m embarrassed to say this, but for several years when the boys were small – before I adopted a more natural way of living – I took something about every night for sleeping.
To be honest, I there was a time when I thought they would be part of my life forever.
It has been years since I’ve taken any of those. Though I still have periods where I struggle with sleep – like after Skye was born and after my recent car accident – I’m happy to report that these days I sleep pretty decently. Essential oils for sleep have been a tremendous help in improving my quality of sleep.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways I use them!
Essential Oils for Sleep
Topical Application #1
2 drops lavender
2 drops German chamomile
Apply to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime
3 drops Calming Blend
2 drops Grounding Blend
2 drops Vetiver
Apply to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime.
Essential Oils for When You Have Trouble Staying Asleep
In addition to one of the above blends on your feet, place 2 drops Orange around your belly button. (This really helps me if I do wake up to settle down and get back to sleep.)
Diffuse Orange & Vetiver
Rollerball Remedies for Sleep
Sleep Blend #1
12 drops Roman Chamomile
18 drops Grounding Blend
8 drops Lavender
Put in a 10ml roller bottle and top off with a carrier oil. Apply to the bottom of the feet. You may also diffuse this blend.
Sleep Blend #2
15 drops Lavender
10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Clary Sage
5 drops Frankincense
5 drops Ylang Ylang
8 droms Roman Chamomile
5 drops Orange
Place oils in a 15 ml bottle. Top with a carrier oil. Apply to the bottom of the feet. You also may diffuse.
Other Natural Sleep Remedies
- Cherry Juice can be very effective and increasing the amount of time you sleep. According to a study at Louisiana State University, people with insomnia who drank eight ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice in the morning and at night slept and average of 84 minutes longer than those who received a placebo.
- Try supplementing with Magnesium. It is estimated that between 70% and 80% of American's aren't getting enough. Magnesium is one of nature's best relaxation secrets. When you are stressed, calcium can get into your cells and cause tension. Magnesium helps balance this and can help to fight stress and improve sleep.
- As a busy Mom, I know how tempting it is to work or watch TV right up until bed time. If you have trouble falling asleep, you want to turn the TV off at least 30 minutes before bedtime. (The same goes for all digital devices.) The light tells your brain to stay awake. Do something quiet and relaxing like reading a book.
- Try lowering the temperature in your house by 3 to 5 degrees. Studies show that most people rest better at cooler temperatures.